The strategic approach of Plan International Pakistan’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program has been to work 'upstream' to help prioritise and improve the effectiveness of WASH projects through direct engagement with government partners. Moreover, we have continued to work extensively at field level through joint endeavours, collaborations with corporate entities and other stakeholders, ensuring that our efforts to help build an enabling environment for WASH reflect on-the-ground realities.
Between 2007 and 2009 Plan International piloted the community led total sanitation (CLTS) approach, creating space as one of the members of the CLTS core group notified by the government in 2008. The group operated as a think tank to propose a Pakistan specific strategy to achieve “total sanitation” in the country. Based on Plan’s prior experience in CLTS we have played a pivotal role in the development of the government’s total sanitation model, namely PATS in 2011. Thereafter we successfully scaled up PATS in Punjab in the emergency context during the 2011 floods through a project in which almost 6 million people in 5,000 villages achieved ODF status.
This approach was subsequently implemented in Chakwal, Vehari, Layyah and RYK and Plan International was able to reach out to 224,000 people. Plan International is reaching 1.5 million men, women and children in poor, rural communities across 12 districts of Pakistan through an innovative PATS project (2014-18) which is also providing safe drinking water through water supply schemes to 86,266 individuals.